In the early middle ages, the city was briefly the capital of the Holy Roman Empire with close ties to the Pope in Rome. The city is still Catholic, and it sits on 7 hills just like Rome. Bamberg is the reason why Nuremberg is not a cathedral city. Nuremberg is part of the Bamberg diocese which was established in the 11th century.
I tried the city's famous "smoked" beer and noticed that not many of the locals were drinking it.
It is the smallest of the major imperial cathedrals of Germany, and like its larger kin, it has 2 apses, one on each end. The west apse or westwerk was dedicated to Saint George and was for the Emperor. The east apse (seen here) once held the high altar and was dedicated to Saint Peter and the Pope.
The Cathedral is celebrated for the quality and originality of its medieval sculpture, and for its later sculpture from the Renaissance to the 19th century Gothic revival.
I would have never seen these if Peter Meyer had not pointed them out to me.
Tilman Riemenschneider, Veit Stoss, Adam Kraft, Hans Multscher, Nikolaus Gerhaert are all names known only to specialists in the USA. In Germany I was surprised to discover that those same names were common knowledge.
Stoss was in and out of trouble with the law in Nuremberg. One conviction for forging a signature and seal got him branded on both cheeks. It didn't help that when Nuremberg decided to become Lutheran, Stoss remained Catholic.
She stands in a very exaggerated S curve pose invented in late 13th century France and here given a strange expressionist quality.